A curfew that effectively stopped a young offender from being able to smoke in the garden raised a ‘human rights issue’, his lawyer said…
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was banned from leaving his home between 7pm and 7am after admitting assault and criminal damage.
But the boy, who is two years below the legal age for buying cigarettes, was prevented by his family from smoking inside their home, and his youth rehabilitation order stopped him from smoking in the garden.
So he returned to Stockport Magistrates’ Court to ask magistrates to alter the terms of his punishment in a case thought to have cost at least £1,000.
As a result, his curfew restrictions were changed to include the garden and garage at his family’s home in Hazel Grove, Stockport.
Lawyer Kieran Henry, of Henry’s Solicitors in Stockport, who represented him at the original hearing, said: “The public could be angered by this as he is pushing his luck and it is not really a good reason.
“But I can see the human rights issue – if you are an addicted smoker then you are being forced to breach your curfew…”
The redefinition of “human rights” by sleazy lawyers is a disgrace to our species.
“He had to write a letter and go down to court with it. We have a nice home and don’t want people smoking in it.”
Perish the thought they might provide enough guidance and discipline to utilize this as an opportunity to stop one aspect of their child’s stupidity.
The family is incompetent, the court is cowardly and the lawyer is corrupt.